The Obit For Frank Kauzney

Frank J. Kauzney, Jr.

Published in Home News Tribune on February 9, 2012

Frank J. Kauzney, 85, died Monday, Feb. 6, 2012 at home. Born January 25, 1927 in New Brunswick, the son of the late Frank J. and Jane (Frazee) Kauzney, he lived there until moving to North Brunswick in 1960. He was affectionately known to his family and friends as Tom. He attended New Brunswick High School where he excelled as a pitcher on the baseball team. He enlisted in the Army in 1945 and served until 1946. After World War II he played minor league baseball. He initially was a pitcher and then became an umpire for teams in the Alabama Florida Minor League.

Subsequent to his baseball career, he returned to New Brunswick where he spent 40 years as a union plumber for Plumber's and Steamfitter's Union, Local No. 432, (now known as Local No. 9) New Brunswick, retiring in 1989.

He enjoyed fly fishing and was quite proficient at it. Additionally he was a Civil War buff, taking numerous trips to national Civil War sites. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of New Brunswick, American Legion Post No. 1000, Trenton and a founding sponsor of the National Museum of the United States Army. He was a good neighbor and a valued member of his community.

He was predeceased by his three sisters, Joan Kauzney of New Brunswick, Elaine Wilcox of Somerset, and Jane K. Pusch of Allentown. He is survived by his nephew, Brian W. Pusch of New York, NY; his niece, Jane L. Franks of Flemington; a great-nephew, Joseph B. Franks of New Brunswick; a great-niece, Laura J. Franks of New Brunswick; a brother-in-law, William Wilcox of Somerset; and several cousins including Howard Keller of Princeton and George Triblehorn of Monroe. Tom was dearly loved and will be greatly missed by his family and friends.

Funeral services will be held 11:00 a.m. Saturday at the Quackenboss Funeral Home, 156 Livingston Ave., New Brunswick. Burial will follow at the Elmwood Cemetery, North Brunswick. Relatives and friends may call 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Donations in his memory can be made to the baseball program at The College of William & Mary, P.O. Box 1693, Williamsburg, VA 23187.